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River Severn - flood warning issued as waters rise

Water levels at the River Severn in Worcestershire are expected to peak on Friday, according to the Environmental Agency.

Experts are forecasting the water could surge to levels seen when storm Desmond caused widespread flooding in parts of the UK last month.

Police searching for missing man find body in river

Police searching for a missing man from Shrewsbury have discovered a body on the banks of the River Severn in Shropshire.

Thomas Bebbington hasn't been seen since 10 November Credit: West Mercia Police

Thomas Bebbington, 22, was last seen entering the River Severn in the area around the Dana Steps in Shrewsbury at around 7.20pm on 10 November.

The body was discovered by a member of the public on private land near Leighton on Sunday.

West Mercia Police said Mr Bebbington's family has been informed of the discovery.

Formal identification has yet to take place.

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Floods pose danger to life along tidal River Severn

The latest number of flood warnings and alerts in the Midlands Credit: ITV News Central

Three severe flood warnings have been issued by the Environment Agency on tidal parts of the River Severn as high tides move up the swollen waterway.

Heavy rain throughout the afternoon has caused Environment Agency officers to describe river levels as the highest they've seen in years.

The three Severe Flood Warnings are for areas along the Severn estuary near Gloucester, and are the most serious warnings the agency issue.

For the latest flood updates and advice, visit the Environment Agency website.

Pictures of scene where man's body recovered from River Severn

Emergency services were called at around 5:30pm yesterday Credit: ITV News Central

A man's body has been recovered from the River Severn in Shrewsbury.

Emergency services were called to reports of a man entering the river yesterday evening. After a wide search, which included a police helicopter, a body was recovered from the river near Coseley Avenue.

Police say the description of the man was similar to a man from the Bridgnorth area who was subsequently reported missing. Formal identification has yet to take place.

A body was recovered from the river near Coseley Avenue in Shrewsbury Credit: ITV News Central

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Man's body recovered from River Severn

Large numbers from the emergency services were in Shrewsbury today following a report of a man in the River Severn.

Members of the public contacted the police and fire services after reporting seeing a man entering the river at Welsh Bridge at 5.30pm.

A body was recovered from the river at 6.35pm by police and fire officers near Coseley Avenue.

17 flood warnings across the Midlands

Two more flood warnings have been issued for the River Severn, bringing the total across the Midlands to 17.

36 Flood Alerts (meaning that flooding is possible and that people should be prepared) are also in place.

You can find out the latest details from the Environment Agency here.

Swimmer found in River Severn named, full report

The body of a 20-year-old has been recovered from the River Severn in Shropshire. Police divers were called to the scene, after reports of a man who got in difficulties yesterday afternoon.

It is the second water-related death since the hot spell began. Safety campaigners are urging people to think again before cooling off in lakes, quarries and rivers.

Karen Griggs reports.

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